I have to say, I’m rather proud of how these vintage library drawers came out! When I bought them they were in a rather sorry state with great big gouges in the wood, but now the meranti (at least that’s what I think it is!) is super smooth and a good few shades lighter! There are one or two screws missing from the little metal ‘labels’ that double as handles, and one of the bolts is missing, but otherwise everything’s pretty much intact. We’ve removed the metal rods that used to hold the Dewey Decimal cards as they just get in the way of the drawers, and if you do want to use them as properly functioning drawers you’ll need to put some sides and bottoms in the drawers – some skinny plywood would do the job (I think you could just slot them in, no nails necessary) or those clear plastic boxes that Wooolies sometimes sell might even fit*. But if you’re not DIY inclined, but love these drawers (they are quite beautiful!) you could still use them as-is for bigger items like cotton reels and chunky paint brushes – things that won’t fall through the thin slot on the base of the drawers.
A fantastically handsome bit of biblio history that would look great in a home or office setting – we currently have the drawers sitting in our lounge and they look mighty fine! Almost wish we could keep them……
* If they were mine to keep I’d consider putting some clear Perspex sides in the drawers. It’d be a bit pricier than the plywood, but I think it’s look great.
Dimensions: 120cm tall x 106m wide x 53cm deep
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